Today we’d like to introduce you to Kandice Cole.
Kandice, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started my career teaching elementary school. After a few years, I began to experience burnout which led me to explore other ways I could use my expertise and background. I was able to get a part-time consulting gig and that was my side hustle for about a year. I ultimately decided to leave my teaching job to become a freelance consultant and coach.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Absolutely not! This road has been anything but smooth. My first attempt at being an entrepreneur was a complete failure. Less than 18 months after quitting my teaching job, I was working odd jobs to make ends meet. During that time, I did a lot of research and learned the myriad ways I could use my teaching skills and educational background in other sectors. Eventually, I found a job with a really great nonprofit and also began doing curriculum writing. I decided to step back out on my own as an entrepreneur, this time armed with knowledge and strategy to be more successful.
Please tell us about K. Cole Coaching and Consulting.
K. Cole Coaching and Consulting has two main components:
– Providing consulting services to nonprofits and other organizations who desire to do impactful work in their programs and initiatives
– Providing coaching to professional women who want to move forward on ambitious goals.
Everything I do is built on helping my clients to find clarity, use their creativity, and take action that matters. I am most proud that my company supports organizations and individuals who are doing really amazing work in the world.
Creativity is a core component of my company. I am always asking: How can we see this differently? How can we see this with new eyes? That leads to innovative and exciting ways of working for my clients which is what sets my company apart from others.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have celebrated my small wins a lot more. There were times that a little self-encouragement would have made all of the difference.
Also, I would have given myself more time to let my business be a side hustle before transitioning into full-time entrepreneurship. There is so much to learn. Some things you can fast track, but other things need time to develop. I put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself to get my business up and running according to an internal deadline I had set for myself. In retrospect, I would have set deadlines that gave me more space to figure everything out.
- $50: Introductory 60 minute Coaching Session for professional women
- $50: Introductory 60 minute Consulting Session for nonprofit and educational organizations
- Website: kandicecole.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/kandicecole
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kcolecoaching
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